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16/12/04
Airport Expansion Under Scrutiny
- Campaigners take their case to the courts

THE PLANNED expansion of some of London's airports comes under the spotlight today as protestors gather at the Royal Court of Justice and the High Court while a judicial review takes place.

Heathrow, Luton and Stansted airports are all due to increase their capacities over the next decade to meet what airports, airlines and the government see as the inevitability of increasing demand.

"Unless we expand, we'll end up in the same position as the railways - congested and gridlocked," said a spokesperson for the British Airports Authority.

Ranged against the airport-boosters is a disparate group local resident and environmental campaigners who nevertheless share a common goal. "Our message is clear: we stand united against the Government's proposals for airport expansion," said John Stewart, chairperson of HACAN Clearskies, a group arguing for a block to be put on the expansion of Heathrow.

The protestors believe they have a legal case which will force the government to review its plans, hence the focus today on the courts. "We believe that the Government's enthusiasm to sanction massive airport expansion resulted in its bungling and bulldozing its way through, ignoring proper processes and its own ground rules and chopping and changing the issues under consideration without consulting or even informing the public of the changes," said Peter Sanders of Stop Stansted Expansion.





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